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Special Assistant U.S. Attorney - Legal Fellows Program

Hiring Organization
USAO Eastern District of Michigan
Job ID
FY 2015-EDMI-01-SAUSA
Location:
211 W. Fort St., Ste. 2001
Detroit, MI 48226 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in a court of law. The Eastern District of Michigan consists of 34 counties in the eastern half of Michigan's lower peninsula, and employs approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

Legal Fellows Program Overview: Participation in the Legal Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity for attorneys looking to develop practical legal skills by working on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today. Serving as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) and assigned to the Criminal Division, Civil Division, Appellate Division, or Branch Office location, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and property of citizens. Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, the investigation and prosecution of violent offenses, including drug trafficking, public corruption, white collar, and organized crime. Civil Division cases encompass affirmative litigation where the United States is seeking some type of monetary recovery or injunctive relief (e.g., civil rights, judgment enforcement, bankruptcy, asset forfeiture) and defensive cases involving a variety of lawsuits brought against the Federal government.

Location: It is anticipated that most opportunities under this program will be at the Detroit duty station, with occasional vacancies in the Flint and Bay City branch offices.

Term of Appointment: Appointments are generally made for a period not to exceed one year, subject to renewal. Individuals selected to the program will be asked to make a minimum one year commitment to serve in the office. Work schedules are generally established on a full-time basis.

Additional Conditions of Appointment: Employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practices of law outside of the office. Individuals are not eligible to serve as a SAUSA if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm.

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. legal experience.

All Special Assistant U.S. Attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended without further competition.

Application Process

Applications are being accepted under this announcement on an open continuous basis through September 30, 2015.

Interested persons should send a cover letter referencing the Legal Fellows Program, detailed resume, writing sample, and completed questionnaire to:

Stephanie Dawkins Davis
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Michigan
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226

Applicants will be evaluated by the Legal Fellows Program Selection Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, legal experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience.

For additional information regarding application procedures for the Legal Fellows Program, please direct e-mail inquiries to: Alicia.Collier@usdoj.gov.

Internet Sites: The home page for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan, may be accessed at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html

Announcements for other DOJ attorney vacancies may be viewed at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html

Salary

Individuals appointed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys under the Legal Fellows Program serve without compensation.

Number of Positions
One or more.
Travel
Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 7, 2016